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Hi I'm Lauren

I am a college student. I play piano. I am a history nerd. I have had three heart transplants. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am about halfway through college, still trying to figure out what I want to actually do with my life. I am a major history nerd, especially with European and United States history. I really like watching Disney movies and can quote most of them in regular conversation. I love mountains, sunsets, and falling snow. My family are the most important people in my life; I am the oldest of four kids and love my siblings and parents way too much. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life, and I absolutely love it. I will soon be serving an eighteen-month mission to share the message of this Church with others. I am what some would call a medical nightmare. I have had a three heart transplants, the first one at the age of eighteen months and the most recent when I was fourteen years old. From those heart problems has arisen a multitude of other issues, including having cancer six times and being treated with chemotherapy three of those times. Despite all of those not-so-fun trials, I have learned to have a great appreciation for life, enjoying the world around me and every minute I get to spend here. I have come to know that miracles happen. Every single day. My motto: be positive. There's always a reason to smile if you're willing to look for one.

Why I am a Mormon

My great-great-great-grandfather was converted in 1833 in upstate New York. I have been able to read a few pieces from his journal; he chose to join the Church after he read the Book of Mormon and feeling the Spirit confirm of its truth. I was born into the Church. I cannot imagine my life without it. I am so blessed because I have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I have a greater understanding and testimony of my Savior and His Atonement because of the Book of Mormon. I know that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father and that provides me direction and comfort in life. The standards I was taught in the Church youth programs apply to the rest of my life and have made me a better person. I recognize the importance of my parents and just how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mom and dad. The support I gain from family, friends, Church leaders, and my Savior and Heavenly Father have sustained me through incredible trials in my life. The Book of Mormon has affected my life beyond measure; the Spirit I feel that comes from that book comforts and uplifts me each time I read. I love the people, the doctrines, and honestly just everything about this gospel.

How I live my faith

I have been able to teach one of the sunday classes at church for the past year here at college. It has been such a blessing to learn more about the scriptures and share what I learn with others. I absolutely love the scriptures, especially the New Testament, and try to share that enthusiasm with everyone around me. Family is such an important part of the gospel. I was lucky to grow up in a family that is extremely close; mostly we just end up laughing a lot, whether at dinner, or on a road trip, or just before family prayer. I love them so much and I strive to do all I can so that I can be with them for eternity. Mostly, I just live what I know to be true in my day-to-day life. I uphold the standards I was taught, even if I'm the only one. I read my scriptures and pray daily. I try to show love towards all that I meet. I show gratitude for all that my Heavenly Father has given me.